2022 Arizona governor's race: The candidates
Here are the candidates for Arizona governor in the 2022.
Gov. Doug Ducey's second term ends in 2023, and Arizona state law bars him from serving more than two consecutive terms.
A former state lawmaker and current Arizona secretary of state, Katie Hobbs jumped out to an early lead in polling among Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls thanks in large part to her defense of Arizona’s election integrity amid GOP conspiracies and the Arizona state Senate’s so-called audit. She’s accused Republican state leaders of political posturing over the election. “Right now, our state government is being run by conspiracy theorists who are more focused on political posturing than getting things done, and that needs to change,” Hobbs said in a statement. Among her campaign goals, Hobbs lists rebuilding the post-pandemic economy, as well as investment in public education and health care. She carries some baggage into the race after the Senate lost a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by a staffer Hobbs fired while Senate minority leader.
Former television anchor Kari Lake has jumped into politics. After 22 years at FOX 10, Lake left the Phoenix station in March 2021, bashing the media on her way out for what she described as a lack of balanced coverage. Even before departing the station, Lake showed signs of delving into the far-right movement of the Republican Party, including an incident when she shared a debunked video about COVID-19. She’s since aligned herself with members of the Stop the Steal movement and QAnon. She’s earned the endorsement of Donald Trump for her fervent support of claims the 2020 election was stolen from the former president.